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Style vs. Style: Black belt Judoka vs. Aikido master, to the takedown

Does AIKIDO work vs JUDO? This Aikido master finds out!
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Style vs. Style

In a gym mat battle of Aikido vs Judo, an Aikido master named Barry B. found the grappling game to be a hard puzzle to solve when tested by Mark Staniszewski. This friendly, style vs. style randori took place at Team Combat in Massapequa, New York.

Staniszewski, known widely as Mark Stan and Judo Mark, is the first athlete to win Pan American Championships in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. The law enforcement officer holds 4th degree black belts in both arts.

Obviously the Aikido adept appears to be utterly helpless, although he does grasp the importance of grips in judo (while remaining unable to fend them off for long). However, while some may look at the ineffectiveness of the Aikidoka and laugh unkindly, they shouldn't. To the contrary, Barry should be celebrated, for stepping out of his comfort zone in the interests of inquiry, which is the heart of mixed martial arts practice.

Watch gym room battle of Aikido vs. Judo


What is Aikido?

For a little background on the centuries-old arts, Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the way of unifying with life energy" or as "the way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attackers from injury.

Aikido techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent's attack, and a throw or joint lock that terminates the technique.

What is Judo?

Judo is a combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano Shihan. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

There are three basic categories in judo. Nage-waza, Katame-Waza, and Atemi-Waza. Judo is most known for Nage-waza and Katame-Waza.

In the early years of the discipline, the headquarters for Judo, the Kodokan, sent representatives across the globe to raise awareness of the art and sport. One of them, Mitsuyo Maeda, taught what he knew to a local family, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was born. Generations passed, and that in turn eventually spawned modern mixed martial arts.